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Building Creative Stamina: Three Keys to Strength Training for Adults

Creativity is a skill that can be built like any other. Understanding your passion and challenging the voices in your head that say “no” are a great way to start. Today’s post is by Jane Dunnewold, author of Creative Strength Training (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Maybe it’s disingenuous to say that each of […]




How rigorously do you manage your diet and exercise regimen?

Our reader poll today asks: How rigorously do you manage your diet and exercise regimen? – Very – I watch my diet closely and exercise regularly: 37% – Somewhat – I generally eat well and exercise occasionally: 38% – Not very – Sometimes I’ll watch what I eat and I rarely exercise: 21% – Not […]




Best of thoughtLEADERS 2016: A Basket of Kickass

It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published over the last 12 months. Welcome to the 2016 edition of The Figgies (our EIGHTH YEAR of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, […]




Turning Your Potential into Tangible Success

Achieving greatness is a matter of mindset, action, and habit. The more you reflect on where you are and where you want to be then take action to move in that direction every day, the higher the likelihood you’ll achieve the success you desire. Today’s post is by Michael Teoh, co-author of The Potential Matrix […]




Communication is the Key to Reducing Execution Risk

Difficult decisions aren’t done once you’ve made them. The biggest risks you’ll face with any decision is the result of execution risk – does your decision get carried out the way you wanted it to? The key to successful execution is good change management. If you want to make a successful executive decision, communicate the […]




How to Persevere When Facing a Work Grind

It’s called “work” for a reason. Most days we’re able to “work” through it and find enjoyment in what we do but occasionally we’re faced with a grind that saps our strength and threatens to derail us. Fortunately there are simple techniques for working through that grind. I love writing this blog – except when […]




How well do you manage the ups and downs of your busy and slow periods?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you manage the ups and downs of your busy and slow periods? – Very well — I ride the ups and downs easily: 33% – Well — I do an OK job balancing the busy and slow times: 52% – Not well — I struggle frequently with […]




What We All Need to Learn About Sales – from a Pig

Stories are a great way to connect with your customer. They can make the ordinary product or service you’re selling extraordinary by adding richness and experience to the sale. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Sell With a Story. He’s also a featured speaker at Executive Insight 16. In May […]




Leadership and Influence Through Storytelling

If you want a lesson to be meaningful and memorable, the best way to deliver it is through a story. Storytelling is an oft-neglected leadership skill. If you master it, it can truly set you apart from the pack. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Lead With a Story. He’s […]




Your Brain on Work: How Stress Hijacks Your Health and Happiness

Stress is part of our everyday lives. We can either control it or let it control us. The difference between those two situations is how we manage our “alarm” and our reactions to the daily stressors we face. Today’s post is by Jon Wortmann, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Hijacked by Your Brain. He’s also […]